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Worried about ‘future-proofing’ your career? These professionals aren’t.


Architects, professional practice accountants and salespeople make the list of enviable professionals who do not need to ‘future-proof’ their career. According to recruiting experts Hays, demand for their skills is so high, and experts in these fields are in such short supply, that they can be confident there will be job opportunities for them in future.

According to the latest Hays Quarterly Report of skills in demand, experienced professionals working in accountancy support, financial planning, healthcare, insurance, legal firms and marketing are also in high demand and are not expected to see demand wane any time soon.

“These professionals are well placed to find and keep jobs,” says Nick Deligiannis, Managing Director of Hays in Australia & New Zealand. “They don’t need to ‘future-proof’ themselves as they already have the technical skills and experience employers will continue to need in future years.

“Provided they keep their skills up to date, remain connected to their industry through social media, networking and their recruiter, and are digitally literate, professionals in these areas will experience ongoing career success.”

If your profession doesn’t appear on the latest Hays Quarterly Report of skills in demand, Nick suggests you consider up-skilling. “Consider expanding your technical skills and experience, either through training or by moving to another organisation where you can gain exposure to new industries or a wider client base. Plan your career progression, and make sure you are digitally proficient and up-to-date with the latest technological advances related to your job function and industry. Today everyone needs the ability to lean into the changes of a digital world,” he said.

According to the latest Hays Quarterly Report, ‘future-proofed’ professions include those in:

  • Accountancy support: We continue to see a severe shortage of accountancy support professionals. High-volume Payroll Officers with specific systems requirements (ADP Payforce, Meridian and Chris21) and experience processing payrolls of 500 and over are in short supply since few candidates choose this role as a long-term career option. Also in demand are highly skilled Accounts Payable professionals with SAP, Accounts Clerks, Credit Controllers, Accounts Receivable candidates and Bookkeepers.
  • Accountancy firms: Australia’s professional practice market remains incredibly short of experienced accountants, especially seniors, intermediates and supervisors in Business Services in response to the increased appetite for advisory services. Audit seniors also remain in very high demand.
  • Architecture: Most states and territories are reporting increasing demand for architecture skills. Given the current focus on residential projects and commercial redevelopments, mid-level Architects, Project Architects, Revit Documentors and Interior Designers are all seeing high demand for their skills.
  • Financial planning: New qualification requirements in Australia’s financial planning industry have led to an influx of roles within this space, particularly within banks. With educational requirements now harder to meet, an already candidate-short market is under even more pressure. As a result we’re seeing very high demand for Financial Planners with their CFP or degree.
  • Healthcare: Australia’s growing aged care sector is creating ever increasing demand for Case Managers and Coordinators, Clinical Care Coordinators, Endorsed Enrolled Nurses and Clinical Managers. Restructures and growth in the disabilities market have increased demand for highly specialised Service Coordinators, Home Care Assessors, Case Managers and Client Services Facilitators. In other areas of healthcare demand, experienced Child Protection Workers, Social Workers, General Practitioners, Clinical Psychologists, Physiotherapists, Radiographers, Sonographers and Speech Pathologists are needed.
  • Insurance: We continue to see high demand for skilled professionals in insurance as a whole but the market remains candidate short, especially for Claims Assessors in life insurance and general insurance, Account Executives and Assistant Account Executives in broking, Insurance Administrators in life and general insurance and Superannuation Processing Officers.
  • Legal firms: Within professional practice the candidate shortage is a major challenge for employers, especially in transactional areas such as corporate and banking & finance. Senior Associates and Associates in commercial litigation, commercial law, corporate and finance are all in short supply, as are Corporate M&A Lawyers.
  • Marketing: The biggest trend within Australia’s marketing sector is the ever increasing need for digital professionals and this shows no sign of abating. Digital Producers, Content Producers, Paid Search Executives, Digital Campaign Managers, and Digital Marketing Coordinators and Managers are all sought. The market is also very competitive for general communications and marketing candidates, as well as candidates with niche skills such as internal communications, change communications and digital communications.
  • Sales: As businesses add to their sales focus, the pool of proven and experienced sales candidates has reduced. From skilled Outbound Telemarketers to hungry Sales Representatives, Sales Managers and Business Development Managers, sales professionals are in high demand.

To see the full list of skills in demand and trends for your industry, please visit

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